Thanks to the help of dedicated firefighters, a horse rescue has a happy ending today. On Sunday, Feb. 16, KOMO 4 News reported that a horse in Salem, Oregon was rescued from a flooded field after he became entangled in barbed wire.
The horse, named "Ace," was stuck in a flooded field after his legs were entangled in a barbed wire fence. When the horse was unable to free himself, a bystander attempted to help him, but had to give up and received treatment for possible hypothermia.
Marion County firefighters successfully completed the horse rescue in one hour. The nine-year-old Quarter Horse was treated for minor injuries but otherwise appeared to be in good shape.
In Washington State, the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) has also participated in horse rescues - including a Fjord horse last spring. WASART also helped with a horse rescue after three horseback riders were out for a day ride in the foothills east of Enumclaw when two of the horses spooked at Second Lake.
Both riders came off and the horses went into the lake, which has a boggy bottom and is surrounded by downed trees. While one of the horses freed himself, the other horse became stuck in the bog at the northwest end of the lake after swimming across the lake several times. WASART deployed to the site and rescued the horse, who received a veterinary assessment before heading home.
To learn more about WASART, visit their website here.
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